The noun dissimulation describes the act of faking your true feelings. Your dissimulation of happiness might fool strangers but your close friends can tell it's all an act.

The word dissimulation implies that the wool is being pulled over someone's eyes, or they're being fooled or tricked by someone's deceit. The origin of dissimulation is the Latin dissimulationem, which means "a disguising or concealment." Don't confuse dissimulation with dissimilation, which describes the act of making something different or less similar.

Definitions of dissimulation

n the act of deceiving

deceit, deception, dissembling
show 18 types...
hide 18 types...
the act of faking (or the product of faking)
deceitful action that is not straightforward
chicane, chicanery, guile, shenanigan, trickery, wile
the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
double-dealing, duplicity
acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
cheat, cheating
a deception for profit to yourself
delusion, head game, illusion
the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation
the act of giving a false appearance
impersonation, imposture
pretending to be another person
a deliberate act intended to make something obscure
bluff, four flush
the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards
the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone
dupery, fraud, fraudulence, hoax, humbug, put-on
something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
artful trickery designed to achieve an end
an act of gerrymandering (dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an unfair advantage)
appearance, show
pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
make-believe, pretend
the enactment of a pretense
affectation, affectedness, mannerism, pose
a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
making a false outward show
Type of:
falsification, misrepresentation
a willful perversion of facts

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.